Premise: The third installment of director Edgar Wright's trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, following the successes "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Hot Fuzz" (2007). In "The World's End," 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub - The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries. (c) Focus Featurespals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub - The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries. (c) Focus Features
Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman
The World’s End is the epic finale the Wright’s trilogy all featuring Pegg and Frost. If this movie was a thing, it would be God. This movie would be a God amongst other Gods and stuff. This movie makes other movies weep in embarrassment, because it is just that damn good. The film is heartfelt and smart with enough charm to balance out all the insanity that the film pours out. The film about a night of binge drinking and recollecting on ones youth, is paced perfectly. The film starts much like a night like that would, slow, sophisticated and a bit cold, awkward as one settles vicariously back into the body of their younger self. Then as the night continues and the pints flow, the coldness warms and one settles into a very comfortable state of pure unadulterated enjoyment. Sophistication is slowly traded for debauchery and as the plot unravels the amount of fun that ensues is hard to contain.
Multiple times in the theater, which was jam packed more so than any other blockbuster summer film I have seen all year; I noticed the entire theater erupting in booming laughter. Often in today’s comedies I noticed a chuckle, a low, controlled almost purposeful giggle the crowd gives the screen. But in The World’s End the audience had no control over itself; people were laughing, slapping their knees and nudging each other in uncontrolled enjoyment.
Simon Pegg gives an amazing performance as Gary King, the ring-leader of the group of old high school friends out on the town to accomplish the pub crawl they never could. Pegg is on point the entire film, simply dominating every scene he is in. Initially it seems that Pegg is going to be the only wild and out of control character in the film. Though as soon as the plot begins to take a turn towards crazy town, Pegg’s acting counterpart Nick Frost and Martin Freeman shell out some really enjoyable scenes.
The acting ensemble all work perfectly together, seeming like old friends, because they in fact are old friends. Often it seems that the script isn’t even their and the dialogue is just flowing freely from one drunken friend to the next. The characters are fully fleshed out and multi-dimensional.
The World’s End is hands down the best movie I have seen all summer. Though it is sad to see this insane, apocalyptic trilogy come to an end, we leave with a glimmer of hope that the three will be back soon.